Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com

Every couple of years I get to take photos of one of my favorite families: my brother- and sister-in-law and their two boys. This is a year of transitions for them–the older son starting kindergarten, the younger starting preschool–and I thought that the best way to memorialize this moment in their lives would be to photograph them at home on a Sunday afternoon, just doing what they do: reading books, playing with their toys, wrestling, laughing, gathering in the kitchen, playing outside… This kind of documentary-style portraiture, capturing “real life” as it happens, has become everything to me. There is such magic in showing people the beauty in their real, chaotic, messy lives. To say that I love these photos–and this family–would be an understatement.

 

  • Cheryl Howard

    Your talent never ceases to amaze me Emily. Thank you for your beautiful photos. Especially being so far away I feel like I get at least a little glimpse into all your lives this way and get to stay connected in a way:)ReplyCancel

    • Thanks, Cheryl! I’m so glad you can see what we’re up to from time to time. Just wish we could see you in person more often!ReplyCancel

Q and his dad | EmilyMcCall.com

Based on my Facebook and Instagram feeds this past weekend, it appears that quite a few people believe that their husbands or fathers are the best dads out there. Well, I’m sorry to burst everyone’s bubbles, but MY kid is most certainly in possession of the best dad ever. I always knew that Ben would make a great father, but over the past two years his love and devotion have exceeded even my wildest dreams. He’s all the things as a parent that I’m not: easy going, level headed, FUN… Quinn truly did win the daddy jackpot.

So for this Father’s Day, Quinn made his daddy a card (his very first!), and I made him a photo album of the best father-son moments I’ve photographed over the past couple years. PROOF that he deserves one of those “world’s best dad” mugs. Maybe that’s what we’ll get him next year.:)

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Here’s a handful of my favorite images of the two of them…

Q and his dad at the pool | EmilyMcCall.com
Q and Daddy napping | EmilyMcCall.com
Q and his dad at the park | EmilyMcCall.com
Q and Daddy on their gadgets | EmilyMcCall.com
Like father like son | EmilyMcCall.com
Q and Daddy at the beach | EmilyMcCall.com
Q and his dad | EmilyMcCall.com
Snuggles with Daddy | EmilyMcCall.com

They make my heart grow three sizes, those two. I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend celebrating all the dads in your lives!

Animal-themed second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
Second birthday party lion invitation | EmilyMcCall.com
Circus animal-themed second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
Circus-themed second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
Giant balloon with fringe for second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
Second birthday cake | EmilyMcCall.com
Cupcakes for second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
Second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
Circus themed second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
Animal-themed second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
Popcorn at second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
Animal-themed second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
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Q about to open presents | EmilyMcCall.com
Second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
Opening presents at second birthday party | EmilyMcCall.com
Blowing out the candles | EmilyMcCall.com
Fun with the giant balloon | EmilyMcCall.com

A few more detail shots from my iPhone:

Second birthday party details | EmilyMcCall.com
Second birthday party details | EmilyMcCall.com
Second birthday party details | EmilyMcCall.com
Second birthday party details | EmilyMcCall.com
Second birthday party details | EmilyMcCall.com
Second birthday party details | EmilyMcCall.com

We had such a good time celebrating this sweet little boy on Saturday. We grilled burgers and hot dogs and ate cake with our family in the back yard, surrounded by giant balloons and all of Quinn’s favorite animals. He was so funny when he opened gifts; every time he got the wrapping off one he said “WOW!” with all the enthusiasm he had in him. He got a little shy when everyone sang “happy birthday,” but was game to blow out the candles until he curiously stuck his finger right into one of the flames and we all yelled “NO!” at the same time. That brought the sensitive little kiddo to tears, of course. But he wasn’t hurt, thank heavens, and sharing a few bites of Gram’s cake and ice cream quickly restored his good cheer.

Happy birthday, best little buddy!